President Obama to consider Champaign post office name change

CHAMPAIGN - Legislation that would name a central Illinois post office after a World War II veteran will be considered by President Barack Obama.

On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced that legislation naming Champaign's post office the James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building has passed the U.S. Senate.

James Burgess Jr. served as a leader of the first African-American armored battalion in World War II.  He was also a Champaign County State's attorney and U.S. attorney prior to his death in 1997.

Burgess Jr.'s son, Steve, led efforts to have a government building named after his father.  Steve Burgess passed away unexpectedly last year.  According to U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, the legislation is a small token of gratitude for Burgess Jr. and his son.
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